Director, Merchandise Planning

Park City Utah
Required Experience: 0 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 6 days ago
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Backcountry’s mission is to connect people with their passions. The team executes this mission through an industry-defining team of deeply knowledgeable gearheads, unparalleled breadth and depth of assortment, world-class fulfillment capabilities, and an iconic brand. The successful candidate will lead the Merchandise Planning team for Backcountry, a fast growing and profitable business based in Park City, Utah.

The Director of Merchandise Planning is accountable for high-level coordination, aligning financial targets with company objectives. The right leader will have strategic and executional experience leading merchandise buying and planning organizations. This leader will be an excellent cross-functional partner, a terrific communicator, and will be able to develop and inspire large teams.


⏵ Manage and drive the financial success for all merchandise divisions by meeting sales, margin, and inventory goals that maximize bottom line profitability.

⏵ Collaborate with the VP of Merchandising to develop and communicate a comprehensive assortment strategy that supports financial goals.

⏵ Support other department leaders to manage the monthly sales targets and create strategic 3-year outlook.

⏵ Guide planning and merchandising teams through seasonal buy reviews in order to capitalize on new opportunities and identify risks.

⏵ Partner with merchandise leadership on all vendor online dealer agreements and operations to ensure maximum profitability while minimizing potential risks to the organization.

⏵ Work with Planning Managers to set category financial plans, putting strategic focus on brand, product group, and key items that will drive the assortment.

⏵ Manage assortment rationalization framework, constructing SKU profitability guidelines in conjunction with curation initiatives based on historical data, customer trends, and market analysis.

⏵ Establish and monitor inventory health through preseason buying budgets, inseason replenishment controls, receipt flow, sell through targets, and pricing strategies.

⏵ Direct pricing strategies across all categories, overseeing product life cycle management, end of season markdowns, and siting allocation to optimize direct profit.

⏵ Oversee company Open-to-Buy, providing projected sales and inventory positions on a weekly/monthly/seasonal basis.

⏵ Formulate and present calculated recommendations from detailed analysis of historical data and current trends, identifying future risks and opportunities at the category, brand, and style levels.

⏵ Construct forecast methodologies with supply chain financial models to support fulfillment capacity planning and set inventory allocation targets for shipping optimization.

⏵ Serve as a key stakeholder in the development and implementation of all process and technology improvements that relate to merchandising and planning.

⏵ Facilitate the development and improvement on reporting structure, instituting standardization and establishing centralized workflow to drive efficiency, strategic value, and support the financial success across all merchandise divisions.

⏵ Lead team of planning managers, cultivating talent, and developing succession plans for entire team.

⏵ Provide coaching, trainings, and mentorship for planners, buyers, and other cross-functional teams.


⏵ 8+ years of experience in a Planning position, with at least 3 years at an e-commerce company.

⏵ 2+ years of senior level management experience.

⏵ Knowledge of planning software

⏵ Demonstrate strong analytical and problem solving skills.

⏵ Able to develop and maintain strong working relationships with peers and cross-functional teams.

⏵ Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities.

⏵ Able to perform under pressure, organize and prioritize workload to meet deadline.

⏵ High level of proficiency with Microsoft Excel and strong aptitude to learn technical applications quickly

⏵ Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

⏵ Excellent presentation skills.

⏵ Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.